Union Reps Accompanying Federal Inspectors to Non-Union Businesses
March 24, 2014
By Fox News Insider
Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. reported this morning on new concerns about whether the federal government is applying pressure on businesses to unionize. A report by The Daily Caller states that representatives from the SEIU and other unions are accompanying federal inspectors on visits to non-union companies. A union rep is allowed to go along with OSHA agents who are looking into labor complaints after the administration quietly stated that the practice would not be against the law.
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SEIU agents recently accompanied an inspector from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the Department of Labor, on three visits to nonunion work sites under contract with the Houston-based janitorial company Professional Janitorial Services (PJS).Johnson said he is not against unions overall, but believes the government is going too far in its support of unions.
The SEIU representatives gained entry alongside an OSHA inspector to a private office building cleaned by PJS in West Houston on October 29, 2013.
SEIU representatives also accompanied an OSHA inspector on visits to office buildings cleaned by PJS in Houston on October 29, 2013, and in Southwest Houston on November 7, 2013, but the union agents were denied access by the building owners each time.
The visits were made to investigate OSHA complaints by SEIU-friendly employees alleging that the nonunion janitorial company did not provide workers safety goggles and gloves in some instances. Though each of the inspections found proper goggles and gloves, OSHA fined PJS for other alleged infractions related to not keeping certain safety data sheets or providing proper training information on use of cleaning chemicals.
SEIU also accompanied OSHA on a site visit to Philadelphia International Airport in the spring of 2013 after SEIU-affiliated workers complained about a private airline’s safety hazards including allegedly not providing gloves. SEIU has been prominently advocating for wage and benefit hikes and increased training for workers at Philadelphia International and other airports.
The union representatives are allowed to accompany OSHA to nonunion work sites due to an Obama administration rule clarification that was accused in congressional testimony of violating federal laws.
"It's wrong. I believe that people should have the right to unionize, but the federal government should not be putting their arm around them and putting the hammer to businesses that have decided not to be in a union in this country," said Johnson on Fox and Friends.
Watch the full discussion above.
Shocking Report: NLRB Wants to Force Companies to Give Workers' Info to Unions
April 21, 2014
As seen on Your World with Neil Cavuto The National Labor Relations Board wants to force companies to give workers’ phone numbers and addresses to unions ahead of labor elections.
The Daily Caller reported:
The Obama administration is poised to change regulations to allow for union “ambush elections” in which workers have less time to decide whether or not to join a union — and in which workers’ phone numbers and home addresses are provided to unions.Today on Your World, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the developing report.
The administration’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rules would allow for union elections — in which workers at a company vote whether or not to unionize — to be held 10 days after a petition is filed. And what, exactly, would be happening to the unions during those 10 days? The new rules require employers to disclose workers’ personal information, including phone numbers, home addresses, and information about when they work their shifts.
Insiders close to the situation believe the new rules will almost certainly go into effect with few or no fundamental changes.
“This is the most pro-union NLRB in the modern era,” the judge said, noting that it’s made up mostly of Democrats.
He explained that people's information is protected by the Fourth Amendment and therefore, "the government cannot force anybody to give that away unless the person voluntarily says you can give my information.”
Judge Napolitano predicted that the first federal judge to hear this request will invalidate it.